EuroGOOS welcomed the communiqué by the G7 science and technology ministers agreed at their meeting in Tsukuba, Japan, on 15-17 May. The ministers’ communiqué to the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Ise-Shima on 26-27 May, includes a strong emphasis on sustained and enhanced global ocean observing, data sharing and capacity building, critically required for the ocean future.
“We strongly welcome the G7 ministers’ focus on ocean observations, said the EuroGOOS Chair Erik Buch, and hope it will reach the Leaders’ Summit. For many years, EuroGOOS has been developing the ocean observing capacities in the European regions and promoting synergy and cooperation across the numerous actors involved both in Europe and globally. However, a high-level political commitment for sustained observations and free and open data sharing is a cornerstone to fully unlock the substantial economic value of ocean knowledge, and help protect the ocean health”.
In its new policy brief, launched at the European Maritime Day 2016, EuroGOOS stressed that today ocean observing has an unprecedented potential to help meet the pressing societal challenges. The critical state of the ocean health on the one hand, and the significant economic value of the ocean economy on the other, have put a strong emphasis on ocean observing to deliver knowledge, information and services to a wide range of science, technology and innovation users.
The G7 science and technology ministers’ communiqué to the G7 Leaders is an output of the ministers’ meeting on 15-17 May. It is part of a series of ministerial meetings of the G7 countries involving France, Germany, UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, USA, and the European Union, in the lead up to the G7 Summit on 26 and 27 May in Ise-Shima, Japan. The communiqué was prepared based on the scientific expert group report which stressed ocean observing as a cross-cutting priority.
Tsukuba Communiqué from the G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 15‐17 May 2016 Download
EuroGOOS policy brief, Delivering services for Blue Growth and ecosystem-based management Download
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